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Poll: 5 Percent of Americans "Newly Insured" in '14

Poll: 5 Percent of Americans "Newly Insured" in '14

By Adam O'Neal - June 24, 2014

About 5 percent of Americans “report being newly insured in 2014,” according to a new Gallup survey. Slightly more than half of those who bought coverage (2.8 percent) did so through the health exchanges created by Obamacare.  

Twenty-night percent of the newly insured who used exchanges are between 18 and 29, while 39 percent are between 30 and 49. About 30 percent are between 50 and 65. Hardly anyone over 65 (who are eligible for Medicare) received new insurance through the law. 

In a sign of bad news for the law, the Americans who signed up for insurance through exchanges generally report being less healthy than the general population. (A more sickly insurance pool would lead to higher premiums for all.) 

The report ends on a sobering note, “Millions of Americans still are without health insurance: the total percentage of the adult population who are uninsured remains above 13%.” 

The nationwide survey of 31,438 adults was conducted April 15 to June 17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus one percentage point.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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